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Repair or replace galvanized pipe in house?

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Repair or replace galvanized pipe in house?

By Helen DeGeurin   
Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Topic: Home Improvements & Repair
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Posted: 8 months ago
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Anh Jorgensen
about 8 months ago
I have just taken Inspection class with Fred Wilcox. According to him, galvanized pipe leaks will calcify and seal itself. The owner of the house, however, will want to replace the pipe after tiring of fixing walls and ceiling around the house that caused by those leaks. Nowadays, people replace galvanized pipes with pex. However, according to him, pex pipes are not always the best material to carry water. He suggested to bust all the wall and replace galvanized pipes with copper pipes for the best health of the house owners.


about 8 months ago
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Joe Miles
about 8 months ago
Home builders no longer use galvanized piping for a plethora of reasons. The main reason is the cost. However, the long-term viability of galvanized pipes renders it secondary to the newer materials such as PVC. Galvanized pipes are known to develop pin-hole leaks as a result of usage and time. In other words, it is only a matter of time before galvanized piping develops a pin-hole leak.
Further, a pin-hole leak can do more damage than a larger leak. Large leaks are usually discovered instantaneously and corrected. On the other hand, a pin-hole leak may not be discovered for years. Meanwhile, the moisture introduced in a dark place promotes mold growth.
Keeping these concerns in mind, as a Buyer, would you prefer to purchase a home with PVC, PEX or galvanized piping?


about 8 months ago
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Stephanie Coronado
about 8 months ago
Hi Helen!
Since I do not know what the current state the pipes in question are in, I would first look out for warning signs. Does the water look rusty? Is it possible for you to make a basic repair without causing more damage? Has the plumber been called out for this problem already? There are many factors that go into deciding whether it is time to replace and not just repair. I am not a plumber but I would take a closer look at the whole situation to make a final call. I would also get a few quotes and go with the reputable plumber that informs you the most on your problem .This can get costly so do a bit of research to see how you can get the plumbing right and in working order. If it is in need of a minor repair, As Good As Done Services can look at it for you. He is bonded and can give you an honest opinion. 832.902.8850 ask for George.


about 8 months ago
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Meera Ajodha
about 8 months ago
Since you are asking about galvanized pipes, I have to assume that your home was built prior to 1970 when galvanized pipes were heavily used in home construction. The lifespan of galvanized pipes carrying water is roughly 40 years. So your pipes are nearing the end of their life. Even though these pipes may look good on the outside, there is a lot of calcification and buildup that accumulates on the insides resulting in low flow and its only a matter of time before leaks start -- slow leaks are worse than a large one since they are harder to locate- you will usually find them after much damage has already occurred. If you are doing a substantial renovation and tearing down sheet rock you may want to go ahead and invest in the new pipes such as PVC or pex. Although whole house repiping will cost a fair bit up front, you will be heading off any water leaks and potential water damage. It will also be a great selling feature should you choose to sell and in the mean time, the residents will enjoy the improved pressure and flow.


about 8 months ago
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Keith Burrhus
about 8 months ago
Heck yeah replace that galvanized pipe w pex. Hot water side will most likely start leaking first, so that's a good place to start on a tight budget.


about 8 months ago
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Cagdas Acar
about 8 months ago
Hi Helen,

The possible use life of the galvanize pipes are 50 years. And most houses in last 50 years dont have these pipes. Big possibility their use life is ended. With years the pipes get brittle and repair is tricky. Once there is a leak, galvanize pipe is more prone to fail other places as well. If it goes with second and third repair, it will be costlier than replacement. Considering all these, I recommend replacement.

Regards,

Cagdas Acar
Msc PSA VLB Realtor
832-283-1091
acarster@gmail.com
www.har.com/cagdasacar


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http://www.balkanplumbing.com/water-line-repair-water-main-replacement/

about 8 months ago
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Irena Gorski
about 8 months ago
I am not a specialist in plumbing field, so I can't give you straight answer. I would think that replacing galvanized pipes would be the best and most economical option as other agents mentioned. You may contact some plumbing companies for advice, recommendations and price. Last year my buyers got estimates when they were buying a house with galvanized pipes which had small pin holes and home inspector recommendation was to replace those leaking galvanized pipes. They got estimates from:

1. TDT PLUMBING
4918 Pinemont Drive, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77092
713 697 2088 (office)
713 695 3692 (Fax)
eschwausch@tdtplumbing.com
www.tdtplumbing.com

2. WE DO REPIPES
40 Cypress Creek Pkwy. suite # 280
Houston, TX 77090
tel: 832-819-8337

Good luck!


about 8 months ago
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Veronica Mullenix
about 8 months ago
Without knowing the age of the pipes, and the hardness of the water, and without having a visual of the piping configuration, it is difficult to advise whether or not to replace. Some of my clients who own older homes have replaced galvinized piping some have not, (yet). The best advice would be to interview master plumbers and get a variety of opinions. there’s a weekend radio show “Tom Tynan Show” and on Tom’s website there is a wealth of information about plumbing and list of plumbers and building contractors he endorses. I hope this helps you. I’m happy to chat with you if you need more specific info. to contact me use the contact form on HAR. Thx, v


about 8 months ago
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Christopher Dayanand
about 8 months ago
Repipe the entire house and that is my recommendation. Cost less and worry free for a long time to come!


Chris
Coldwell Bankers United Realtors
832-859-8698
ChrisRealEstatePro.com


about 8 months ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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